Two or three Sunday’s every month, I greet people at my church. Last month, I volunteered taking care of the infants too. Some people might ask me why I would want to do this in my free time, but instead I first want to share what others have told me about why they do it.
Mary has been a long time volunteer in the children’s ministry at church. She told me, “Volunteering at my church does more for me than I could ever do for anyone else in need. My cup gets filled with God’s grace when I’m reaching out to volunteer and that is so awesome! It makes me feel good about myself, so I don’t get down on me!” Mindy’s answered, “Serving in the church is all about growing spiritually! You grow so much more when you exercise your faith and volunteering allows you do that.”
Another volunteer, Karen, said, ”I find it rewarding helping bring up the future generation. Volunteering always makes me have a good start to the week, and I never regret it.” Yulissa stated that when she volunteers, she is able to share the love of God with others and be filled with the joy of building His Kingdom here on earth!
Those are great reasons to volunteer, but I have come to understand that people volunteer for different reasons. Some volunteer to help others; others to feel closer to God, to grow spiritually and some because they feel better about themselves when they help others.
Often when my alarm is going off at seven in the morning on a Sunday or if someone at church takes their frustration out on me, I sometimes wonder why I do it, but volunteering does help me grow spiritually, and also relationally. I have built community with those I serve with. Community is that feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. There are many places to have this solidarity, but church feels like the right place for me.
Scott Peck said, “There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” My community of volunteers, or the people I now call friends, provide this vulnerability and peace for me.
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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